Maria Tirador

About Me

What is your special area of interest?

I truly enjoy supporting our patients access-to-care efforts and making their experience and care plan execution as seamless and as efficient as possible. Since our patients have complex heart problems, having less stress and worry to compound their already fragile state can only enhance their lifestyle. I want to make every patient feel supported and feel that they have a resource that will champion their lifelong care.

What is the best thing about working in CHD?

I feel very fulfilled working in CHD because I am constantly learning to think "out of the box". Clinicians help the patients with their complex diagnoses. Within administration, I increase my hospitality and operations excellence knowledge by working with such a diverse group of staff and clinicians.

What is one thing that you think all patients with CHD should know?

All CHD patients should know that they can be strong advocates for their cause. The healthcare system and, in particular, CHD is such a developing area. I had never been exposed to this specialty before working at Stanford. What I have learned these few short years, and feel that every patient should become active with, is that when directed towards the appropriate audience, changes towards advancement of CHD therapies, procedures and healthcare coverage can be shaped with all of your voices and experiences.

If you weren’t physician what would you be?

I would love to be a bed and breakfast/restaurant owner in romantic setting like the French countryside, an amazing coastal town, or an incredible tropical island.

Do you have any interesting hobbies or talents or pets?

Playing piano, fitness and sports in general, cooking and knitting.